San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Academy Newsletter
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President's Clubs | San Diego Zoo Global

Thank You for Your Feedback!

Penguins swimming underwater at San Diego Zoo.

We recently completed a survey, in which we asked you, our Academy members, for feedback on the content and capabilities of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Academy courses and platform. We received an overwhelming response, and many helpful comments and suggestions.

This is what we heard:

  • You primarily use the Academy for staff development.
  • You choose SDZWA Academy for the specialized content on species and animal care.
  • You want to see new courses focus on animal care, leadership development, and conservation.
  • You would love to see more aquatic content.

We will put all this feedback to good use, and work to improve the Academy. We are already seeking partners in the aquarium space to collaborate with us on new content.


We Have Added a New Resource for You!

SDZWA Library

The Academy has a new resource, available to all subscribers: access to San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library Animal Fact Sheets & Research Guides.

The SDZWA Library publishes and curates a collection of more than 125 Animal Fact Sheets, ranging from invertebrates to mammals. Each includes an extensive bibliography, and most are peer-reviewed by scientific experts.

Academy News
Aquarium of Niagara
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Academy Puts the Aquarium of Niagara in the Spotlight

The Aquarium of Niagara is part of the Academy’s collaborative learning environment.
Visit the aquarium's website >

Safe Capture News

News from Recent Safe Capture Training Events

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We resumed our Safe Capture in-person training events in October. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Penn State University and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point hosted events. It was great to be there with you!

Also, thank you to everyone who joined us for our September Safe Capture livestream training event. We’re so glad you could join us online!

All of these events drew enthusiastic participants from around the US, including veterinarians, wildlife biologists, students, and other domestic/wildlife management specialists.

Upcoming Safe Capture Livestream Training Events

Registration is now open for the following Academy Safe Capture livestream event:

January 25–27, 2022 (3-day event): This event is being hosted by the SDZWA Academy, and is open to all participants.

Upcoming Safe Capture In-person Training Events

Registration is now open for the following Academy Safe Capture in-person events:

California (Escondido): January 12–13, 2022: This event is being hosted by the SDZWA Academy at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and is open to all participants.

Georgia (Athens): February 26–27, 2022: This event is being hosted by the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine, and is open to all participants.


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For more information, or to register for these events, please visit our Safe Capture website.

Administrator’s Users Group Webinar
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Please join us for the Administrator’s Users Group Webinar, hosted by Academy partner CypherWorx. The next webinar is Friday, November 19, 2021 at 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Academy Contributors

Getting Better All the Time:

Giving Thanks for Doing Work that Makes Our Lives “Good for Something”

excellence beyond complianceBy James F. Gesualdi

To keep ahead, each one of us, no matter what our task, must search for new and better methods—for even that which we now do well must be done better tomorrow.
—James F. Bell

Giving thanks opens our hearts, and reminds us of the good all around us. Mindful of the ever-present good within which we exist, and which we can enlarge with our own thoughtful action, we are inspired toward greater progress for animals and each other. Drawing upon this true spirit of thanksgiving daily keeps us continuously improving, and raises our consciousness so that we may be better able to lift others sharing this journey.


“Something Fishy is Going On”

the aquarium vet logoBy Dr. Rob Jones, “The Aquarium Vet”

I recently spoke at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Annual Conference, on incorporating the Five Domains into aquatic animal welfare. David Mellor from New Zealand developed the Five Domains Welfare Model, with a focus on welfare enhancement.

The Five Domains are:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Environmental
  3. Health
  4. Behavior
  5. Mental or Affective State.


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